This year’s Earth Week occurs at a time when the cracks in our economic system are becoming painfully clear. At the same time, fossil fuel companies are seeking to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic, even as fenceline communities adjacent to fossil fuel facilities now face disproportionate risk of COVID-19 in addition to the health impacts of fossil fuel pollution. Read more >
April 16, 2020 4:39 PM EDT
The Union of Concerned Scientists stands united with the youth-led movement that is organizing Earth Day Live and the next generation of science and climate advocates who are participating in it. Here’s what you need to know about this remarkable event. Read more >
December 5, 2019 4:47 PM EDT
A recent UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report warns that the world will miss the opportunity to stay on track towards the 1.5°C temperature goal in the Paris Agreement unless global emissions drop by 7.6 percent each year over the next decade. The report notes that solutions to reduce carbon emissions are available, and meeting our goals is possible, but we are not acting fast enough or at a large enough scale.
Instead of action, the Trump Administration is formally taking steps to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement. For this reason, it’s more important than ever for states and cities to address the climate crisis–and many of them are doing their part. Youth around the country are doing much of the work and filling the void left by the executive branch. Read more >
September 19, 2019 7:20 PM EDT
No one wants to sacrifice time and energy or become a political prisoner. Yet sacrifice of time and freedom by the great activists (MLK Jr, the suffragettes, Rosa Parks, etc…) was required to effect change. And they did not act alone. Thousands marched and sacrificed with them. You can too. Join a climate action near you on Sept 20, 2019: the Global Climate Strike. Everyone is needed. Read more >